Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the privilege of chatting with prolific nonfiction writer Linda Gilden. Linda has written six books, 26 collaborative books, and hundreds of articles, as well as being a speaker and a personality trainer! Today she’s sharing with us from her wealth of experience.
Linda, tell us about your most recent book, Articles, Articles, Articles!
Why write articles? Articles can change lives, instruct, inform, and inspire. For writers, articles can be an exercise to hone your craft, help build your platform, and reach more people than books. Articles, Articles, Articles! will show you how to do all these things and more while supplementing your income as you sell and resell your articles to many markets. Read More →
Greeting from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the privilege of interviewing Candy Arrington, whose nonfiction books have helped countless people through difficult times. Candy has plenty to share about how articles help promote her books and extend her ministry.
Candy, tell us about your books.
While my list of published books isn’t long, my first book, Aftershock: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B & H Publishing Group), has been in print for eleven years, which is somewhat unusual for the current market. Read More →
The New Year is upon us, so do you have an Article Plan for 2013? When my book came out one of the things I did was create a year-long article plan. Much like an evergreen article plan, a year-long article plan for your book takes advantage of the calendar and what editors are already looking to print. Here are the steps to take…
Begin by looking at your book for topics and make a list or the needs it addresses. For instance, in my first book one of the chapters was on discerning God's hand in suffering. In that chapter I used two Bible illustrations, a story from the Holocaust, and three ripped from the headlines stories. I dissected those into three categories: suffering, love, and Holocaust.
Next, look at the calendar and make a list of all of the holidays, holy days, and evergreen article periods. Evergreen articles are those that occur the same time each year such as January is time for articles on goal setting, turning over the new leaf, losing weight and getting fit, and winter blues.
Now look at your book and see how you might address these holidays, holy days, and evergreen article needs. Finally add your topics from step one and you will have a year's worth of article ideas and even deadlines of when they should be submitted. Give this a try and you'll be set for 2013 before you know it.